For the safety and security of our congregation and the community as a whole
we will be streaming our service
Every month our congregation joins over 200 Unitarian Universalist Congregations in exploring a single spiritual theme.
This Month We Ask
"What does it mean to be People of
June 27, 2021 10:30am Bending the Arc of Justice
MLK said that the "moral arc of the universe bends toward justice." These words breed two things. First: hope, for a more just future for all. Second: complacency, as they seem to show that justice is an inevitability. Ours is not a religion of complacency, so let us help bend the arc.
In preparation for worship this week, we want to send the login information and tips for those who have not used zoom before. It is a simple process, but we want to address any difficulties you may have.
First, if possible, download the zoom app on your computer, phone, or tablet before Sunday morning. This is a free app. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, just download it from your app store and follow the set-up instructions. If you have Gmail or Facebook set up is extremely fast and as easy as a click. If you do not have Gmail or Facebook no worries, it is still a very simple 2-3-minute process.
Things to know:
Unlike a zoom meeting, worship will be a zoom webinar. You will be able to see all those who you normally would see on the chancel, but you won’t be able to see or hear anyone else, and they won’t see or hear you. This has an upside. You can tune into church with your coffee and in your PJs.
During the service and during a short online fellowship hour, you can make a comment, say hello, and connect with the whole congregation in the chat box.
On Sunday morning just paste https://uuma.zoom.us/j/367428065 into your (computer, phone or tablet) browser, follow the prompts and you will be in the service.
If you are just using the audio on your phone dial +1 646 876 9923, and when they ask for the meeting ID, dial this number 367 428 065 and you will hear the service, but you won’t see it.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo Order of Service 6/27/2021
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, from The Planets, Op. 32
By Gustav Holst
Jonathan Vogtle, Piano and Arrangement
Welcome and Announcements
Eve Holberg, Worship Associate
Call to Worship
“A Spacious Welcome”
By Rev. Shari Woodbury
We gather in loving community,
Inspiring one another,
To transform ourselves
to create a more just and compassionate world
By Rev. Lois Van Leer
#18 What Wondrous Love: Jessie Downs, Song Leader, Arrangement, Instruments, and Mix.
#149 Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing
Jessie Downs, Helen Lowry, Matthew Spaulding and Michael Harris, Song Leaders; Jonathan Vogtle, Organ. Mixed by Matthew Spaulding
Excerpt from Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution
By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
#128 For All That is Our Life
Helen Lowry, Voice; Jonathan Vogtle, Keyboards
Bending the Moral Arc
# 226 People Look East
Helen Lowry, Song Leader; Jonathan Vogtle, Keyboard
Extinguishing the Chalice
As we extinguish the flame of this chalice, may we carry its light with us into the world, in the power of peace, faith, justice and love.
#169 We Shall Overcome
Jonathan Vogtle, Piano and Arrangement
Bobby Withrow leads our first Summer Sunday in a Zoom worship service entitled, The Arc of Justice. Service music includes the hymns, What Wondrous Love - in a special arrangement by Soprano Soloist and Composer, Jessie Downs - and Lift Every Voice and Sing - featuring our Solo Quartet accompanied by Jonathan Vogtle on the organ. The hymn tune from Gustav Holst's "Jupiter" from The Planets will begin our service, in a keyboard version by Jonathan who also accompanies soloist Helen Lowry in For All That is Our Life and Hymn #226 People Look East. Finally, we conclude with Jonathan Vogtle's keyboard rendition of We Shall Overcome.
Join your friends in a zoom Fellowship Time every Sunday. You will be able to see and speak to each other. See old friends! Make new friends!
Or you can go to zoom.us in your browser, sign in, join a meeting, and enter this number: 935 7901 4652
Or you can just phone in: 1-646-876-9923 and when the voice asks you for the meeting ID enter 935 7901 4652 on your dial pad
Vespers Services at the Church
Community, candlelight, music, poetry, meditations. All are welcome.
When: 7pm-7:30pm every Friday between April 2 and July 9
Where: Outside the Garden Entrance of the church.
How: We will observe safe distancing. Please wear your mask. Chairs will be available for those who want or need them.
Who: You and everyone! Invite your friends.
In recognition of Pride month, Niagara Pride will be sponsoring an LGBTQ affirming interfaith church service on Sunday, June 27th at 2 pm at Oppenheim Park, Shelter #4, located at 2713 Niagara Falls Blvd.
* Rev. Susan Frawley (Unitarian Universalist)
* Rev. Michael Keicher (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
* Rev. Patrick Bradley (Episcopalian)
* Rev. Laura Norris-Buisch (Presbyterian)
* Monk D. Wilkes Alexander (Buddhist)
Each of the clergy will read an inspirational work, including scripture, that is meaningful to their religious tradition, and offer prayers and blessings to the attendees and LGBTQ community. After the service, clergy will be available to discuss their religious perspective with those who attend and explain more about their religion.
The event is open to all. Dress will be casual and people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
For more information, please visit NiagaraPride.org!
RE families are gathering for picnics in the church garden at 12:30 pm on Sundays starting June 13. Bring a picnic and a blanket or chairs. Kids can play and maybe we will sing or read a story. Masks required except when eating on your blanket. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult. The church restrooms will be open if are needed. All are welcome to this informal gathering. Contact Katherine Gillette-Cockerill firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Create a "Welcome Home Basket" for a family graduating from our shelter into a permanent apartment. Simply fill a laundry basket with NEW items from the list below and drop it off at the Family Promise HQ at 75 Hickory Street, just South of Clinton, for our next family moving to their permanent home.
set of knives
mixing bowls, cookie sheets
dish towels / pot holders
shower curtain, rings, bath mat
bath towel set
broom & dustpan set
trash cans - kitchen, bath
household cleaning products
vacuums - gently used
If you are interested in helping, email Nancy Wilkins, UUCB Family Promise Coordinator, at email@example.com for a list of needed items. Family Promise volunteers ARE FABULOUS.
Rev. Joan's Identity Used and Abused
Rev. Joan will never:
· Ask you for gift cards via an email
· Send you an email on an account ending with gmail.com – trust only her buffalouu.org account
If you receive one of these emails, block the sender so they will be unable to send you any more requests. Sadly, there is nothing the church can do to stop the emails because they do not come from the church.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
NEED HELP? Do you need groceries? Would you rather stay out of public laundry areas? Anything else? Are you ABLE TO HELP?
THIS MONTH'S SHARE THE PLATE RECIPIENT: Pride Center of Western New York
Established in 2001, The Pride Center's goal is to promote the lifelong health and well-being of LGBTQ+ people throughout Western New York. Programs range from social events and support groups, to HIV testing and LGBTQ+ cultural competency trainings. To learn more about the Pride Center, visit pridecenterwny.org
Nominations for Share the Plate
Share the Plate welcomes nominations for recipients for the 2020-2021 church year. Send your ideas to Denise Depietro firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated Resources for Action in Our Communities and Beyond This is by no means a complete list, but is instead a starting point for ways we can live our faith and our UU values by supporting the communities we value.
Donations Sought for
Food Not Bombs
Buffalo Food Not Bombs is seeking donations of folding tables, bike carts, and food storage bins- if able to donate any of these, please speak with a participating UUCB member or reach out to them through their Facebook page.
In this time of increasing need, support our neighbors. Make food donations or donations of funds to the Food Bank of Western New York https://www.foodbankwny.org/
The Food Bank of WNY and Meals on Wheels for Western New York have joined forces to become FeedMore WNY! FeedMore WNY offers dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to its Western New York neighbors in need.
Click on the flyers and links below to read more about other upcoming events in the community
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